Our Team

We are a group of dynamic and creative educators, writers, musicians, researchers, and social justice advocates.

 

You don’t choose the times you live in, but you choose who you want to be. And you do choose how you think.
— Grace Lee Boggs

DANí ORTIZ PADILLA, PROGRAM OVERSIGHT

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Daní oversees the Teen Alert Program at the Domestic Violence Action Center. Daní's work is informed by social and spiritual justice work and a sincere desire to witness her community thrive and heal. Daní is an aspiring children's book author and wishes to address social norms and systemic oppression  to offer a wider landscape in children's books creation.

Causha spellman, ADVOCATE

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Causha has dedicated her life to working with youth all over the country. As the Teen Advocate, Causha will work with you one-on-one on your journey to safety. She is able to assist in many formal and not-so-formal methods towards that safety, from being just someone to confide in, to creating safety plans and accompanying you to court proceedings.  

KELI'I BEYER,  EDUCATOR

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In addition to violence prevention education with TAP808, Keli’i teaches art and writing classes to teens around Hawai’i. In his free time, he jams the saxophone in local ska band Black Square, enjoys riding his motorcycle and skateboard, and can be found doodling cartoons and being a political activist.Someday, Keli’i hopes to be a published sci-fi novelist and comic book artist.

IXCHEL SAMANIEGO, EDUCATOR

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A lover of all arts and creativity, she loves to dance, sing, discover new music, and stand up paddle board. Ixchel has worked in education for over 10 years all over the U.S. and is eager to work with as much of the youth population in Hawai’i as she can. She is most excited to help empower them in finding their voice, realizing they are enough, and having the tools to help themselves and others.